Marcus Clarke's Contact
Affectionate anarchy. Divergent Art.
An Art movement partly inspired by Jim Henson's NBC Pipes
Artistic Statement of 2014/15
I'm not a Curator or an Academic. I'm an Artist. I create images that tell, evoke or imply a story.
My work is Public facing.
I am a contemporary visual artist who founded the art movement PuppetTVGraffiti in 2010. My artwork is an extrapolation of my 25 years as an artist and puppetry practitioner and advances this and Contemporary Art by building on my early art student works from 1977 and that of my mentor Jim Henson with his early work the NBC Pipes of 1964. It also draws on my personal experiences of childhood and youth, belief and loss, often adding historical Semiotics to realise Puppetised objects and images that have some of the qualities of a Puppet, primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. Humour.
My work has always incorporated Personal Commentary and I've recently began what I call Art Writing, a sort of Academic Contrivance that amusingly explores the relationship between imagery and text.
In 2014 I had a major exhibition called Homeless in the Puppetised City in Nottingham which I will restage at The Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Nottingham City Central Library and over the whole of February 2015. It will include old and new works created under the banner, The DogHorse Coat giving the overall Exhibition its title.
|Materials. I use Drawings,
Photographic images printed on card, canvas or just things.
Symbolic and iconic objects. Clothing, and I add to them using my Puppet Making materials and techniques. Puppet Props and Costumes. Bits and bobs.
Marcus Clarke Self Portrait 4. (right) Pencil, graphite pen, charcoal on paper with shirt, foam, faux fur and sculpted and cast styrene eyeball. Button, hairgrips, feathers and shoelace on Foam Board.
|The DOGHORSE COAT
Exhibition - Couvrage chevelain pour
To be held at the Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Central Library Nottingham. Pet Dog Coats are given a Modern yet Medieval and Heraldic twist. With personal commentary.
Above Puppetised Dog Coat is titled
OEillet rouget, longe langue.
See the Exhibition page The DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition
|Homeless in the Puppetised City
a landmark Exhibition, one man show, in the City of Nottingham held
Easter 2014. 12x new large canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham
City Buildings are stared at by a lonely homeless Puppet child in an
instillation style exhibition that includes video composite playouts.
There are also accompanying and complementing family Building image
based Puppetising activity workshops. All very well received and
Completed Puppetised works featured in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the Exhibition Printed item
Catalogue for iPad Free eBook
|Homeless in the Puppetised City
An accompanying family building Puppetisation workshop developed tested and delivered to excellent evaluation.
Canadian/British Project Ancient to Modern.
In a child's' footsteps. Details
(Marcus spent his early years as a child in Canada)
The front Cover of June/July 2011 Nottingham Culture Magazine 'LeftLion' Created by Marcus Clarke.
Inside is an interview with Marcus Clarke. Interview
LeftLion Shoot Video
Previous LeftLion Article. Previous
InTouch Magazine interview
BBC Articles and Radio Interviews. BBC
Childhood Short Stories page
|The National Open Art Competition 2014
The submission right has been shortlisted for the 2014 Stage 2 judging.
Title. Reading into it.
Gallery International Postcard Show 2013 and 2014
January 15th to February 8th 2014 the work is called Black Spot. It's the first work of a new Art Writing style I've been developing called Art Writing.
January 16th to February 2nd 2013 titled, The Surface Gallery Bug.
FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation.
Three Works including 'Aproval needed'.
Marcus works at the deconstructive interface of iconic imagery and innovative artistic practice. He playfully detourns or high jacks or subverts iconic images to give them a different meaning. His work plays with the pieces of given aesthetic images and adds and subtracts visual cues to provide a different horizon of possibilities in the image.
In this way his work moves from the image to the gesture. Following Giorgio Agembem's work on the use of Cinema as creating space to take images to a gestural politics. For example, his representation of the iconic image of Nottingham Council House has been detourned to change the meaning to a playful and humorous deconstructive reading of the role and function of civic buildings generally and Nottingham's identity specifically.
His contemporary development shows a significant movement from artistic animation and creation, to an aesthetic of flippant-dadaism, a powerful yet playful project of creative destruction to produce auratic art.
Marcus makes a telling and significant contribution to contemporary aesthetic production and consumption, and makes a significant impact, amongst a variety of stakeholders, with his auratic art. Dr. Adam Barnard.
As a Visual Artist and Curator I have delved into the work of Marcus Clarke for his interesting perspectives on his works politically, geographically and for his alternative observations. His work is playful but also omits a familiar reasoning. As a fellow resident in Nottingham, it is interesting to see Marcus being involved and speaking for the mass in terms of 'defamiliarization' where one has to disown their prior knowledge to return to it and embrace anew. It is this connection where I engage in his creative development as an evolving artist whose work encompasses the social state with a humorous and nonconforming approach. His energy and pro-activeness consistently offers an unpredictable view of his work. Diana Ali. http://www.dianaali.com/
Puppetised Jacket's Project page
Thursday Night and Saturday Morning
A Rose by any other name
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